I’m Featured in… Caregiver Connection’s Ask the Experts

As an influencer and advocate it’s always an honor to be asked to contribute my pearls of wisdom with other readers, caregivers and caregivers-to-be. Hopefully my shared experience and the tips I offer will allow you to be the best version of yourself in this role.

Here’s a snip-it from the article:

Ask the Experts: Tips Every Caregiver Should Know About

Caregiving is one of the most rewarding industries you could get into, yet it is also difficult at times. If you feel overwhelmed or frustrated sometimes, you are not alone. However, you can make it easier for yourself by seeking out advice from others in the industry. If you learn to manage stress and know where to go to for advice, it makes such a big difference in your caregiving career.

We reached out to several expert caregivers for you, to see what advice they think every caregiver should have.

Read the full article here: Ask the Experts: Tips Every Caregiver Should Know About.

 

 

 

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There’s a thief out there… It’s called Alzheimer’s

“There’s a thief out there. And it’s robbing people’s memories. It’s robbing their ability to talk. It’s robbing their ability to eat, walk, get dressed, shower, or recognize their loved ones. It’s robbing people of their ability to be humans. It’s called Alzheimer’s, and it’s a real mother f@#ker and we’ve got to do something about it. And we’ve got to do something now.” ~ Seth Rogen

Seth Rogen and his wife, actress and screenwriter, Lauren Miller Rogen founded Hilarity for Charity ® (HFC) to raise awareness, inspire change, and accelerate progress in Alzheimer’s care, research, and support through the engagement of millennials.

I had this quote on my blog’s main page for a while because it’s straight no chaser. Alzheimer’s is a thief, it does rob people of their memories, their cognition, their mobility, their ability to reason, ability to connect and YES it is a mother f@#ker!

 

Late Recap: Summer Solstice Flow

 

While I didn’t get the opportunity to do my own longest day activity, I did participate in one of the largest yoga events in NYC. Every summer solstice, the Times Square Alliance hosts a free yoga in Times Square event. Each year I’ve missed it, this year it was on my radar far in advance.

They don’t shut down the streets, but the middle sidewalk areas are blocked for exercise central. I’ve been in Times Square during rush hour, off-hours, early morning hours for Good Morning America and now I can add exercising. It was a lot of fun and a great way to stretch and ease into the morning. The mats were complimentary, we received a swag bag full of coupons and Aeropostale, one of the sponsors, along with offering great discounts, gave us free monogramming on athletic wear!

Of course I had to represent my Alzheimer’s community on the Longest Day.

Tomorrow June 21st is the Longest Day…Post, Get Active or Wear Purple

 

I go purple all of the time, purple has been my favorite color since I was a little girl and I guess you can say that now for the month of June I bleed purple. I’m sure my fraternity brothers of Omega Psi Phi are going wait a minute?,  (That’s one of their colors), but for Alzheimer’s I live it.

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. One of three months (the others are Sept. – World Alzheimer’s Month and Nov. – National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month) designated to further highlight this growing disease. Over five million Americans are living with this disease and that number is expected to jump to 75 million by 2050 and over 47 million people are living with dementia Worldwide.

  • It’s the 6th leading cause of death and the only one without a cure.
  • In the United States someone develops Alzheimer’s every 66 seconds.
  • In 2017, Alzheimer’s will cost the United States $259 billion. This number is expected to rise to over $1 trillion by 2050.
  • 15.9 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the United States.
  • The annual global cost of dementia is $818 billion in U.S. dollars.

Sadly, this illness is becoming a growing silent epidemic. Silent because it scares people to talk about a disease that can take your mind, have you forget almost everyone and everything that you know, decrease your ability for self-care and one that currently has no cure. But those of us who advocate for the afflicted and their caregivers, as I once was, are fighting every day to remove the stigma, to provide hope and compassion and work every day to end alz.

So what will you do? Will you add the “I Go Purple” frame to your Facebook profile picture? Will you send one tweet, or share one Facebook or Instagram post that you stand with those who are fighting against Alzheimer’s? Will you participate in an activity tomorrow June 21st, that benefit’s the Alzheimer’s Association’s The Longest Day? Will you wear purple?

Your life doesn’t have to be affected directly to advocate, but I’m sure you know someone whose life has. Stand for and with them.

Tomorrow, June 21st, the  summer solstice, join in on one of the Alzheimer’s Association’s largest fundraisers, The Longest Day. The Longest Day is a day about love. Select any activity you love — or an activity loved by those affected — and team up with the Alzheimer’s Association to raise funds and awareness for care and support while advancing research toward the first survivor of Alzheimer’s.

All across the US there will be activities beginning tomorrow into the weekend. Lead, join or support a myriad of activities, from dancing, bowling, BBQs, and baking to card games, dinners, running and biking all in an effort to raise funds and awareness. If you would like to participate in a local activity or start one of your own click here.

To learn more about Alzheimer’s, caregiving, the Longest Day and/or fundraising, please feel free to contact me at mizzriv@gmail.com or visit the Alzheimer’s Association’s page.

If you’re posting support use these hashtags #ENDALZ #aworldwithoutalz #thelongestday.

And don’t forget to wear purple.